Situated on The Palm, Waldorf Astoria is a perfect example of luxury and sophistication. The white/neutral contemporary interiors welcome you to the world of elegance and bespoke grandeur. A hotel that offers an enviable getaway, resort facilities and restaurants for you to indulge in.
After much research on the best high teas in Dubai, we zeroed down on the High Tea at the Peacock Alley for our anniversary.
Fact: Peacock Alley is an elegant cafe celebrated as a place “to see and be seen”. Back in the day, the “Peacock Alley” was named to portray the daily promenade of notables through the original colonnade connecting The Waldorf and The Astoria hotels in New York City.
There is a beautiful structure of a Peacock placed on one side of the alley, surrounded by the signature and house tea blends. While waiting for our high tea, I tried to breathe in the gorgeous view of Dubai Marina – the tallest stretch of skyscrapers in the world through the palatial Peacock Terrace, that overlooks the hotel’s lush green garden and poolside… quite urged to take a dip. A sight to see indeed, quite surreal! I was awestruck by its magnificence and grandeur now making it on the list of one of my favourite hotels in Dubai.
The seating is widespread on both sides of the alley to accommodate guests indoors and outdoors.
The staff at the Peacock Alley walked down to us with a trolley of TWG tea blends and took us through the entire journey of whiffing and finding the perfect tea to go well for the afternoon of celebration and indulgence. After much contemplation, I decided to go with the 1837 black tea that was also highly recommended by the staff.
1837 Black Tea is a renowned signature blend of TWG teas and is a timeless classic indeed. 1837 Black is a unique blend of black tea with notes of fruits and flowers from the Bermuda triangle which leaves a lingering aftertaste of ripe berries, anise, and caramel. It was perfection in a cup!
You can choose from the following selection of teas:
Royal Darjeeling, Ceylon Nuwara Eliya, Earl Grey Chocolate, Crème Caramel Rooibos, Jasmine Queen, 1837 Black Tea
From the choice of two between the Parisian Afternoon Tea and the London Afternoon Tea, we decided to go for the London Afternoon Tea, after all that is where the culture of High Tea started from.
The finger sandwiches included:
Cucumber cream cheese and chives, chicken breast honey mustard with fresh herbs on brioche, smoked salmon and horseradish on rye bread, roast beef and grain mustard on sourdough.
A fresh selection of plain scones and golden raisin scones were complemented with lemon preserve, orange preserve, strawberry preserve and clotted cream. They did taste absolutely heavenly although, the crust could have been a little softer. The preserves were made to perfection and my favourite was the orange preserve!
The mini desserts included an assortment of lemon macaroon, poached pear and dark milk chocolate marbled cheesecake and a fruit tartlet. The desserts tasted decadent and we finished them all in no time. That is some sweet-tooth!
Peacock Alley is a chic spot for a memorable afternoon tea or evening drinks. The high tea is served from 14:30 – 18:00hrs every day. The chef can also accommodate your gluten-free requirements.
The setting was perfect, the high tea was on-point and the staff was courteous and well informed. The interiors were absolutely comforting yet luxurious, perfect for your time out for girl dates, family tea or even a special afternoon! Peacock Alley is mere perfection. I totally cannot wait to head back soon and sooner.